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Corporate/Commercial — Iceland


BBA - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ásgeir Ragnarsson and Baldvin Björn Haraldsson
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading Icelandic firm with a strong corporate practice, known particularly for its activity on international matters, with lawyers admitted to practice in France and New York, and an office in London. Expertise in banking and finance matters is a key strength, with the firm regularly advising international players in the financial sector and Icelandic investment funds. Also active in the electricity and technology industries, recently welcoming Tesla Europe as a significant new client.

Strengths The “outstanding” department is praised for its “comprehensive knowledge” and “quality in handling complex matters.”

Clients also describe the team as “highly efficient, dedicated and accurate.”

Work highlights Advised Cobega on the sale of Vífilfell to Coca-Cola Europe Partners.

Acted for ABN AMRO and other banks on the completion of a USD1 billion corporate financing round for Noble Clean Fuels.

Significant Clients J.P. Morgan, Citibank, Boeing, Landsvirkjun, Stefnir.

Notable practitioners

Well reputed as a “very strong M&A lawyer,” Bjarki Diego is highly active in the banking and finance sector and advises on both domestic and international project financing, acquisitions and sales. Clients laud his “very good commercial awareness and excellent client service.” In a recent highlight he acted on Thorsil's ISK360 million financing of a silicon metal project.

Dual-qualified in Iceland and France, Baldvin Björn Haraldsson offers clients depth of expertise in international M&A. Haraldsson frequently advises the French subsidiaries of Icelandic companies on acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the energy, telecommunications and real estate sectors. He recently advised ISS World Services on its sale of an Icelandic subsidiary. Sources commend him as a “knowledgeable, efficient and flexible” lawyer.

Einar Baldvin Árnason frequently acts on large M&A mandates, representing banks, investment funds and corporates. Interviewees note that he is “really thorough and never misses anything.” He assisted Fiskisund with its ISK4 billion acquisition of a fish-farming company.

Ásgeir Ragnarsson is admitted to practice in Iceland and New York and frequently represents banks in domestic and international financing matters. He advised Nordic Investment Bank on its EUR50 million loan facility to Össur. One source remarks that he is “very thoughtful and goes beyond the narrow scope of what is required.”

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson advises banks, private equity houses and fund managers on a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, including acquisitions and refinancings. He represented BankNordik in its sale of Vörður tryggingar to Arion Bank. Clients commend his “strong analytical skills” and describe him as a “good communicator.”

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Lex Law Offices - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Ólafur Haraldsson
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boasts a broad corporate and commercial offering, including high-level expertise in banking and finance, acting for a number of international financial sector clients, such as new client Morgan Stanley. Offers a market-leading competition compliance practice. Other clients include shipping, telecommunications and technology companies, including another recent addition to the firm's client roster, Secunet. Has a growing focus on M&A transactions in the tourism industry.

Strengths Clients value the firm's extensive network across Iceland's business community and appreciate the team's "timely responses” and extensive knowledge of Icelandic corporate law, saying that "they knew the answer to everything we threw at them."

Another source praises the firm's "big teams and good resources."

Work highlights Assisted Orkuveita Reykjavíkur with a ISK50 billion bond prospectus and subsequent issue of notes.

Represented Munck Gruppen in the acquisition of LNS Saga from a Norwegian seller.

Significant Clients Landsbankinn, Íslandsbanki, Reginn, PCC BakkiSilicon.

Notable practitioners

Ólafur Haraldsson acts on project and acquisition finance mandates, representing banks and other financial institutions. He also advises on loan and security agreements, M&A and restructuring.

Described as an "excellent lawyer" by market sources, Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson assists corporate clients and banks with M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. He advised Costco on the corporate aspects of the incorporation of its Icelandic operations. Clients "recommend him highly," saying that he is “very helpful” and “very responsive.” He also assists clients with investment into Iceland and financial restructuring.

About the Team (content provided by Lex Law Offices)

Corporate and commercial law are the cornerstone at LEX.  Drawing from decades of experience and knowledge, LEX routinely advises on issues ranging from the choice of corporate form, the establishment of the corporation itself, the drafting of articles of association and cross border considerations.  Our corporate and commercial practice group frequently works in collaboration with other practice areas, such as Tax, Banking and Finance and Merger & Acquisition.  The close cooperation between different practice areas at LEX ensures that client's cases are dealt with in the most efficient manner, from both time and monetary perspectives.


In addition to providing general corporate legal advice, LEX is one of Iceland's leading law firms in preparing due diligence reviews related to change of ownership of companies and businesses, financing and refinancing and IPOs’. Our portfolio of corporate clients ranges from many of Iceland’s major companies to international clients.


In recent years LEX has worked closely with a number of leading international law firms in cross border transactions, providing Icelandic law advice and handling any Icelandic aspects of such transactions.

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Logos - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Guðbjörg Helga Hjartardóttir
- 10 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptional team providing a full-service approach to corporate mandates, drawing support from key practice groups such as dispute resolution and employment. Experienced in assisting international clients with M&A and corporate restructuring, supported in cross-border matters by an office in London. Regularly acts for banks and other financial institutions, as well as corporate clients from a range of sectors, including energy, shipping and aviation.

Strengths Clients laud the team's “extensive knowledge of their field” and comment that “the quality is very good.”

Another source highlights the department's dedicated approach to client care, adding: “The team has the ability to tap into a broad range of expertise.”

Work highlights Advised Kaupthing Bank on its ISK49 billion share offering.

Represented Iceland Enterprise Investment Fund and Silfurberg as the selling shareholders in the disposal of a Spanish pharmaceutical company to Apax Partners.

Significant Clients Novator Partners, Marel, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir is valued as “a really high-quality lawyer” who “is extremely smart and quickly grasps the core issues.” She offers a broad range of expertise, advising on corporate transactions, capital markets and competition law. She acted on Domino's Pizza Group's acquisition of 49% of the share capital in Pizza-Pizza.

Thórólfur Jónsson is highly reputed for his M&A expertise and hailed as “a very solution-minded lawyer.” One interviewee notes: “He is an excellent generalist lawyer who gives good advice and is very calm.” He acted for Icelandic Group on the sale of Ný-Fiskur and its subsidiary. He also has a strong reputation for financial mandates and restructuring.

Lauded across the market for his "depth of expertise," Óttar Pálsson advises on M&A, foreign investments and capital markets transactions, and frequently represents clients in disputes. Additionally, he was recently active on restructuring and insolvency mandates following the Icelandic financial crisis. Clients enthuse: “He is a very strong and effective lawyer whom we fully trust with our most difficult legal matters.”

Gunnar Sturluson regularly acts on share sales and offers expertise in financial restructuring and competition law. He recently represented Brim in its acquisition of all the shares in Icelandic Asia from Icelandic Group. Clients value his "very good technical knowledge” and describe him as "a very reliable and dedicated lawyer.”

Ragnar Tómas Árnason specialises in intellectual property law and regularly assists with M&A transactions. Market sources praise him as "a very creative and intelligent lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Logos)

Corporate and commercial law have been core areas of our practice since LOGOS was founded over a century ago. We service a range of Icelandic and international clients in every sector. Our corporate and commercial lawyers aim to provide sophisticated and value added advice in respect to all legal and commercial issues that may arise in the day to day business of our clients. Our team draws on experience from a wide range of industry sectors and this enables us to advise on complex transactions.

LOGOS has instructed in great majority of substantial transactions in Iceland through the years and has been the
preferred local partner of international investors and financial institutions with interests in Iceland.

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ADVEL Attorneys at law - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stefán Thór Ingimarsson
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Undertakes a range of mandates for corporate clients, with notable expertise in issues related to capital markets and banking law. The team is well versed in providing advice on transactions with an international element, with a particular focus on Scandinavia and the UK. Client roster includes banks, telecommunications companies and real estate companies.

Strengths Clients praise the team's “great depth and breadth of knowledge.”

One source reports that the "experienced team" provides "excellent service and value."

Work highlights Advised Hampiðjan on its ISK286 million acquisition of Voot Beita.

Significant Clients HB Grandi, Mannvit Engineering, Silicor Materials, Vodafone Iceland, Reitir real estate.

Notable practitioners

The “reliable” Kristinn Hallgrímsson is praised in the market as a “key adviser” and a “very experienced lawyer.” He acts on a broad range of corporate and finance mandates, including M&A and loan agreements.

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson has previous banking sector experience and assists clients with financing mandates. He is highlighted as a “corporate-minded lawyer” whose industry experience brings added value for clients. He has also advised clients on corporate agreements.

Clients recommend Stefán Thór Ingimarsson for his expertise in cross-border deals and say that he is “good in international contracts.” He advises on M&A and capital markets mandates. Clients also highlight Ingimarsson for his "quick turnaround time in projects." He also has a strong focus on insurance sector clients, assisting with D&O matters and other liability issues.

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Juris - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Halldór Jónsson and Andri Árnason
- 9 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive service on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues. Cross-border work is a key focus, and the team has a number of English-qualified lawyers. Often advises on international investments and M&A transactions, as well as project finance and international contracts. Specific sector expertise spans banking and finance, fishing, hospitality and telecommunications. Ja takk! is among the team's recent client gains.

Strengths Sources comment: “The level of service is very high,” adding that the team has a good “knowledge base and business acumen.”

Interviewees also note that the team is “resourceful and has in-depth knowledge of our business.”

Work highlights Acted on Ísfélag Vestmannaeyja's sale of its shares in Royal Greenland and its entry into a joint venture with Pelagic Greenland.

Assisted Árvakur with its acquisition of Edda útgáfa.

Significant Clients Aurora Stream, Northurturninn, Oddi Prentun og Umbúðir, Bakkastakkur, Sunnuvellir.

Notable practitioners

Halldór Jónsson advises clients from a broad range of sectors on M&A and tax matters. He recently advised Íslandsbanki on the sale and liquidation of Frumherji. Clients appreciate his availability, saying: “We get all the attention we require.”

Clients benefit from Andri Árnason's wide-ranging expertise which includes advice on M&A and competition law. He is also a renowned litigator. He assisted Íslandspóstur with competition issues relating to an agreement signed with Western Union. Sources praise him as “very determined, with a quick mind and extensive knowledge.”

The “extremely capable and commercially-minded” Vifill Harðarson advises on finance mandates, as well as assisting with securities and M&A. He acted for Reginn on its debt refinancing through a ISK70 billion notes issue.

About the Team (content provided by Juris)

Operating from our offices in Reykjavík, Juris provides premium quality, full-service legal advice to international and domestic clients from a variety of sectors. Our unique team of experienced Icelandic and English corporate and commercial lawyers brings a depth of expertise in all aspects of corporate and commercial matters, including in tax, banking and finance, commercial, corporate, competition, EU law, insolvency and restructuring.

Recent work highlights

  • Advised Summa Rekstrarfélag and a conglomerate of Icelandic institutional investors on a hybrid equity and debt investment in the $300 million PCC BakkiSilicon development in northern Iceland;
  • Advised Eyja Fjárfestingarfélag on the sale of the Domino‘s pizza franchise in Iceland and Norway, establishment of Joe and the Juice in Iceland, re-establishment and sale of Hard Rock Café in Iceland, and acquisition of a stake in the Gló restaurant chain; and
  • Advised in establishing an online sales platform in collaboration with a leading Icelandic online and e-commerce payments solutions company.

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Landslög Law Offices - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent firm with a highly reputed corporate law practice. Provides a full range of M&A and corporate advisory services, often acting on mandates from the financial services industry. Also represents clients in corporate disputes and bankruptcy mandates.

Strengths This “solid firm” earns high praise from market sources for its broad scope of expertise.

Sources report that the firm has "good commercial lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson advises clients on bankruptcy mandates and represents clients in disputes and contract negotiations. Sources say that he is “good to work with” and highlight his strength in M&A negotiations.

Viðar Lúðvíksson is a good choice for corporate advisory matters and M&A transactions. He also handles contractual issues and insurance liability litigation. Interviewees report that he is "very busy on commercial deals" and add that "clients would be well served by him."

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Fjeldsted & Blondal - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique practice advising on a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, including M&A, financing and share issues. Acts for banks, as well as clients from the TMT, real estate and fishing industries. Often assists international investors with Icelandic law mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team is “always focused on the bigger picture and on problem-solving.”

One interviewee lauds the “dedicated team” and reports that it is “very strong in cross-border corporate and financing work.”

Work highlights Represented Taconic Capital and Och-Ziff Capital Management in their purchase of shares in Arion Bank.

Advised Pt Capital and other investors on the acquisition of 50% of Nova.

Notable practitioners

Joining the rankings this year after excellent feedback, Halldór Karl Halldórsson stands out as a “great problem solver” who is “quick to reply and provides superb client service.” He acts on a broad range of mandates, including finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. He recently assisted Iceland Seafood International with its listing on Nasdaq First North.

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Eminent Practitioner

Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Helga Melkorka Óttarsdóttir is valued as “a really high-quality lawyer” who “is extremely smart and quickly grasps the core issues.” She offers a broad range of expertise, advising on corporate transactions, capital markets and competition law. She acted on Domino's Pizza Group's acquisition of 49% of the share capital in Pizza-Pizza.

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Band 1

BBA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Well reputed as a “very strong M&A lawyer,” Bjarki Diego is highly active in the banking and finance sector and advises on both domestic and international project financing, acquisitions and sales. Clients laud his “very good commercial awareness and excellent client service.” In a recent highlight he acted on Thorsil's ISK360 million financing of a silicon metal project.

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Band 1

Baldvin Björn Haraldsson

BBA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dual-qualified in Iceland and France, Baldvin Björn Haraldsson offers clients depth of expertise in international M&A. Haraldsson frequently advises the French subsidiaries of Icelandic companies on acquisitions. He has a number of clients from the energy, telecommunications and real estate sectors. He recently advised ISS World Services on its sale of an Icelandic subsidiary. Sources commend him as a “knowledgeable, efficient and flexible” lawyer.

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Band 1

Thórólfur Jónsson

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thórólfur Jónsson is highly reputed for his M&A expertise and hailed as “a very solution-minded lawyer.” One interviewee notes: “He is an excellent generalist lawyer who gives good advice and is very calm.” He acted for Icelandic Group on the sale of Ný-Fiskur and its subsidiary. He also has a strong reputation for financial mandates and restructuring.

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Band 1

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lauded across the market for his "depth of expertise,"Óttar Pálsson advises on M&A, foreign investments and capital markets transactions, and frequently represents clients in disputes. Additionally, he was recently active on restructuring and insolvency mandates following the Icelandic financial crisis. Clients enthuse: “He is a very strong and effective lawyer whom we fully trust with our most difficult legal matters.”

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Band 2

Einar Baldvin Árnason

BBA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Einar Baldvin Árnason frequently acts on large M&A mandates, representing banks, investment funds and corporates. Interviewees note that he is “really thorough and never misses anything.” He assisted Fiskisund with its ISK4 billion acquisition of a fish-farming company.

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Band 2

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jóhannes Bjarni Björnsson advises clients on bankruptcy mandates and represents clients in disputes and contract negotiations. Sources say that he is “good to work with” and highlight his strength in M&A negotiations.

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Band 2

Kristinn Hallgrímsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Europe guide

The “reliable” Kristinn Hallgrímsson is praised in the market as a “key adviser” and a “very experienced lawyer.” He acts on a broad range of corporate and finance mandates, including M&A and loan agreements.

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Band 2

Ólafur Haraldsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ólafur Haraldsson acts on project and acquisition finance mandates, representing banks and other financial institutions. He also advises on loan and security agreements, M&A and restructuring.

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Band 2

Halldór Jónsson

Juris

From the Chambers Europe guide

Halldór Jónsson advises clients from a broad range of sectors on M&A and tax matters. He recently advised Íslandsbanki on the sale and liquidation of Frumherji. Clients appreciate his availability, saying: “We get all the attention we require.”

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Band 2

Ásgeir A Ragnarsson

BBA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ásgeir Ragnarsson is admitted to practice in Iceland and New York and frequently represents banks in domestic and international financing matters. He advised Nordic Investment Bank on its EUR50 million loan facility to Össur. One source remarks that he is “very thoughtful and goes beyond the narrow scope of what is required.”

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Band 2

Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson

Lex Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as an "excellent lawyer" by market sources, Guðmundur Ingvi Sigurðsson assists corporate clients and banks with M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. He advised Costco on the corporate aspects of the incorporation of its Icelandic operations. Clients "recommend him highly," saying that he is “very helpful” and “very responsive.” He also assists clients with investment into Iceland and financial restructuring.

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Band 2

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gunnar Sturluson regularly acts on share sales and offers expertise in financial restructuring and competition law. He recently represented Brim in its acquisition of all the shares in Icelandic Asia from Icelandic Group. Clients value his "very good technical knowledge” and describe him as "a very reliable and dedicated lawyer.”

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Band 2

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson

BBA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Atli Björn Thorbjörnsson advises banks, private equity houses and fund managers on a broad range of corporate and commercial mandates, including acquisitions and refinancings. He represented BankNordik in its sale of Vörður tryggingar to Arion Bank. Clients commend his “strong analytical skills” and describe him as a “good communicator.”

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Band 3

Juris

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients benefit from Andri Árnason's wide-ranging expertise which includes advice on M&A and competition law. He is also a renowned litigator. He assisted Íslandspóstur with competition issues relating to an agreement signed with Western Union. Sources praise him as “very determined, with a quick mind and extensive knowledge.”

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Band 3

Ragnar Tómas Árnason

Logos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ragnar Tómas Árnason specialises in intellectual property law and regularly assists with M&A transactions. Market sources praise him as "a very creative and intelligent lawyer."

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Band 3

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sigurður Valgeir Guðjónsson has previous banking sector experience and assists clients with financing mandates. He is highlighted as a “corporate-minded lawyer” whose industry experience brings added value for clients. He has also advised clients on corporate agreements.

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Band 3

Hörður Felix Harðarson

Jonsson & Hall

From the Chambers Europe guide

The “highly esteemed” Hörður Felix Harðarson of Jonsson & Hall is a well-rounded corporate adviser who acts on finance and insolvency mandates as well as assisting clients with general corporate and competition law assistance.

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Band 3

Vífill Harðarson

Juris

From the Chambers Europe guide

The “extremely capable and commercially-minded” Vifill Harðarson advises on finance mandates, as well as assisting with securities and M&A. He acted for Reginn on its debt refinancing through a ISK70 billion notes issue.

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Band 3

Stefán Thór Ingimarsson

ADVEL Attorneys at law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients recommend Stefán Thór Ingimarsson for his expertise in cross-border deals and say that he is “good in international contracts.” He advises on M&A and capital markets mandates. Clients also highlight Ingimarsson for his "quick turnaround time in projects." He also has a strong focus on insurance sector clients, assisting with D&O matters and other liability issues.

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Band 3

Viðar Lúðvíksson

Landslög Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viðar Lúðvíksson is a good choice for corporate advisory matters and M&A transactions. He also handles contractual issues and insurance liability litigation. Interviewees report that he is "very busy on commercial deals" and add that "clients would be well served by him."

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Up and Coming

Friðrik Ársælsson

Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Friðrik Ársælsson, who co-heads the corporate department of Réttur - Adalsteinsson & Partners, advises on equity and debt financing and M&A mandates. He enters the rankings based on impressive feedback, with clients valuing his “great understanding of different businesses” and also lauding him as an “organised, fast and reliable” adviser.

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Up and Coming

Lagahvoll

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dadi Bjarnason of Lagahvoll is highly active on share sales and acquisitions, debt financing and restructuring. Clients appreciate that he is “resourceful and quick to respond.” In a recent highlight he acted on Múlakaffi's ISK120 million sale of the restaurant Nautholl.

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Up and Coming

Halldór Karl Halldórsson

Fjeldsted & Blondal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joining the rankings this year after excellent feedback, Halldór Karl Halldórsson stands out as a “great problem solver” who is “quick to reply and provides superb client service.” He acts on a broad range of mandates, including finance, M&A and capital markets transactions. He recently assisted Iceland Seafood International with its listing on Nasdaq First North.

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Up and Coming

Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson

Lagahvoll

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson of Lagahvoll's experience in the financial services stands out to clients, who say that “his background in the finance industry really helps him bring good ideas.” He remains highly active within banking and finance, recently advising Savings Banks Association of Iceland on a dispute arising from its sale of shares in Reiknistofa bankanna. Clients also praise his "extremely good drafting capabilities" and ability to "come in with a different angle."

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